This book offers an introduction to the theory and practice of ecological wisdom (EW). EW is the integration of robust contemporary
science with proven cultural and historical practices to identify long-term, sustainable solutions to problems of environmental
management and urban design. The book combines theoretical concepts with specific case studies, illustrating the opportunities
for interdisciplinary approaches combining historical experience, cultural context, and contemporary science as effective
strategies for addressing complex problems confronting metropolitan and rural environmental and resource management in areas
such as land use, water management, materials and building engineering, urban planning, and architecture and design. EW transcends
the limitations in these fields of the normative approaches of modernity or traditional wisdom by offering a new, synthetic
strategy to address socio-ecological issues. By presenting these ideas both theoretically and through existing case studies,
the book provides researchers, practitioners and students with a powerful new perspective in developing long-term, resilient
solutions to existing socio-environmental challenges.
It is intended mainly for those working or interested in the
fields of sustainable environmental and resource management, city and regional planning, architecture and design, civil engineering,
landscape architecture, and the philosophy of science, particularly those with an ecological or sustainability focus.